With a proud history on both sides of the Atlantic that dates back to the early 19th century, when Canadian Samuel Cunard won the first contract to deliver transatlantic mail, the Cunard Cruise Line has been a byword for luxurious and speedy sea travel. The ships of the line still ply their passenger trade across the Atlantic Ocean, along with dozens of other routes. Whether you’re hoping to sail the Mediterranean, the seas of Northern Europe and Britain, the Caribbean, Mexico and Panama, or Canada, Hawaii and the United States, this first-class operator has a voyage to suit.
The three ships of Cunard Cruise Line are arguably the most famous in the world. The Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria all have their own distinct personalities, but all offer a luxurious glimpse into a more leisurely age.
The Queen Mary 2 is the largest ship in the Cunard Cruise Line fleet, and as long as 41 double-decker British buses. The liner can carry 2,620 passengers and has a crew of 1,253. It is the only ship to have its own planetarium, and also has the largest ballroom of any vessel. Although smaller, the Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth both offer an excellent range of accommodation, dining and facilities.
On all of the ships of the Cunard Cruise line there are three reserved restaurants: your choice of stateroom determines where you will dine. All meals are included in the cost of your cruise, but if you feel like trying a different cuisine then you can pay a small cover charge to eat at the more informal lounges and bars, including the Golden Lion, which is the signature on-board pub of the line.
Whichever regal vessel you choose, there are activities for children and adults ranging from lectures and educational talks to sports and theater, music and dancing. Music ranges from classical to jazz – each voyage has its own program of events. For those who fancy a flutter, the on-board casino offers another entertaining way to spend the evening. Each ship also has a spa where you can keep fit or enjoy a therapeutic treatment. The Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth both offer a choice of two swimming pools, the Queen Mary boasts four. The Queen Elizabeth also offers bowls and croquet. Those who would rather exercise their mind can join in with book club discussions in the library or test their general knowledge in the pub quiz. The Daily Programme, available from the reception desk on board, details the activities and entertainment for the day – most of which are complimentary.
The Cunard Cruise Line ships would suit those who like their cruises luxurious and self-contained. Every stateroom includes 24 hour room service, a TV with music and film channels, phone and data ports, a safe, refrigerator and hair dryer, a newspaper, slippers and bathrobe, and daily cabin service which includes pillow chocolates. On every voyage shoreside excursions are available, offering a safe and structured way to explore in the company of expert guides. Your safety and comfort is a priority for Cunard, and each ship also has a medical facility in case of seasickness or other health needs. Whatever you’re looking for, allow Cunard Cruise Line to transport you to a more leisurely and luxurious age – a great antidote to the strains and stresses of the modern world.